According to a well-informed source, the former French Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 05/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Chevènement for Person of the Year?
The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 81-year-old politician, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Chevènement so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Belfort Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Belfort (Jean-Pierre Chevènement's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Jean-Pierre Chevènement Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 4 Dec 2020
“Congrats! Jean-Pierre has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 4 Dec 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jean-Pierre Chevènement?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 4 Dec 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Jean-Pierre Chevènement?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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